Originally Posted by NotNowChief
Thousands of Android users have been trying to give TiVo money for one of these Stream things for months, myself among them.
They just don't want it though. They are too busy trying to make even more incomplete products that irritate existing customers who are desperately trying to throw money at them than they are trying to fully deploy support for their current line of products.
I've actually done some development work for TiVo before and I will tell you that most of these auxiliary apps, like TiVo Desktop and the iOS and Android apps, are outsourced to 3rd party development houses. There just isn't enough regular work for these apps to retain in house staff.
Also I mentioned this in another thread but here it is again... The Stream uses a technology called Encrypted HLS for protected streaming. They are required to use a technology like this to get approval for the device from Cable Labs. Android only supports Encrypted HLS in v4.0+. Until very recently there were only a few tablets running Android 4.0+. The Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus line have changed that, but both of those were released relatively recently. Prior to that the only viable market for a device using Encrypted HLS was iOS.
Now from what little we've been told it sounds like they didn't start working on Android support until a month or so after the Stream was released. Most likely in response to the popularity of the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus tablets which run an OS capable of supporting the Stream. But development takes time, especially when you have to schedule time with a 3rd party development house during the holidays.
The Stream does exactly what it was advertised to do. Just because it doesn't currently work on your OS of choice doesn't mean it's a bad product or that they failed.